Staff and teachers at Crescent Harbor Elementary are celebrating their efforts improving test scores among their students.
State officials have taken notice too. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction named the school located near Oak Harbor a “Reward” school, which is given out to the top 10 percent of Title I schools in the state, which are schools that have high numbers of students from low-income families.
The teachers and staff met in the school’s library Monday afternoon to celebrate their work that was three years in the making.
“What’s dramatic about this is that it’s not just one year,” Superintendent Rick Schulte said to the staff. Crescent Harbor Elementary received the award because its students have scored in the top 10 percent in math and reading among all of the Title I schools in the state for the past three years. Sixty-nine schools statewide were named reward schools.
The recognition comes more than three years after Crescent Harbor Elementary failed to meet “adequate yearly progress” in test scores by the U.S. Department of Education, which meant families could choose to transfer their children to other schools in the district.
Since that time, state scores at the school district have risen. As an example, 58.4 percent of the fourth-graders passed the state reading assessment in 2010. Two years later, that number climbed to 75 percent. In math, 41.6 percent of the students passed the math assessment in 2010. That number increased to 68.4 percent in 2012, according to information on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Assistant Superintendent Lance Gibbon credited the teachers collaborative efforts to help their students.
The Oak Harbor School District currently has three schools that receive federal Title I dollars ‚Äî Crescent Harbor Elementary, Olympic View Elementary and Oak Harbor Elementary.
Crescent Harbor and Olympic View were one of two schools to receive No Child Left Behind sanctions. Olympic View teachers and students were recognized two years ago for improving academic performance.
School officials unveiled a banner Monday showing the school’s award while staff and teachers enjoyed nonalcoholic sparkling cider and cake.
Principal Kate Schreck announced during Monday’s school board meeting that a school-wide celebration that will include an ice cream social and current sixth-graders at North Whidbey Middle School.
“We wanted to recognize the kids and have them join in our celebration,” Schreck said during the meeting.